Having Fun, Dining, Visiting & Exploration, Staying,Lake NorthRefresh your body and mind! Set out on a journey of healing around the Kohoku area!
Take in a breathtakingly beautiful statue of the goddess Kannon, and enjoy the wild birds along the shore of the lake.
Then its time for a delicious meal and a trip to the hot springs!
Check out this plan for a trip around Kohoku, from which you can expect to come away healed in body and mind!
① Kogenji Temple (Doganji Temple Kannondo)
Your starting point is the Kohoku region, also known as the "home of Kannon."
Head to Kogenji Temple to look upon the glory of the statue of Eleven Faced Kannon!
The statue is located in the Doganji Temple Kannondo, standing a short distance away from the Kogenji gate.
It is said to be the most beautiful of all seven of the Eleven Faced Kannon statues that are designated as National Treasures in Japan.
The beautiful curve from brow to nose, slightly plump body, and carefully angled head, bust and hips.
You'll be bowled over by these stunning proportions!
The balance of the headpiece and large earrings are also very striking.
There's something to see from every angle, so circle through 360 degrees and really drink it all in!
② Biwako Waterfowl & Wetland Center
Bird watching is also highly recommended in Kohoku, as the region is visited by many waterfowl.
The Biwako Waterfowl & Wetland Center is the centerpiece facility of the Kohoku Town Waterfowl Park.
Even the building itself looks like a bird! So cute!
There are binoculars inside that everyone can use for free!
Winter is the best season to visit. During peak periods you can see 50-60 species of wild birds in a single day!
The stars at this time of year are...
The tundra swans and the bean geese!
Not to mention the Steller's sea eagles!
Steller's sea eagle is a species in crisis, with extremely small numbers left in the wild.
The center quickly fills up with people when word comes of one flying in!
Every month they also hold a regular bird watching meet. Timing your visit to coincide with that might work too!
③ Kurokabe Square
Then the walk the "kurokabe Square "
Amid an old-fashioned town, you can find glass shops, studios, local cuisine and more, across 30 different retailers.
The centerpiece is the Kurokabe Glass Hall.
Created by refurbishing a wooden, western-style bank, the jet-black coloring and blend of east and west in the solid construction really make the building stand out.
Inside you will find everyday glass tableware and vases, along with glass products from around the world.
These magnifying glasses and nail files, so fashionably designed, are particularly popular!
It's also possible to watch skilled glass craftsmen at work in the adjoining Kurokabe Glass Studio.
You'll also want to check out Kurokabe Amisu, which sells craft items from Shiga made from china, lacquer and cloth.
You can also find regional specialties from across the prefecture here, making it the perfect spot to pick up some gifts!
④ Ryokan Beniayu
At night, you can enjoy a moment of relaxation in the famous Onoe hot springs at Lake Biwa.
Ryokan Beniayu is the perfect place to end your route of relaxation, located on the shores in Okubiwako.
You can look out across Lake Biwako from all of the guest rooms, taking in the beautiful scenery that includes Chikubushima island.
Not to mention the outside bath attached to each guest room!
Nothing beats enjoying a dip while watching the sunset over Lake Biwa!
Enjoy a relaxing, quiet moment with that special someone.
Then, when it's time to dine...
Delicious mallard with a rich fragrance and not too much fat.
This is the ultimate course, and one that you can only enjoy during winter!
*The photo shows duck for two.
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- Refresh your body and mind! Set out on a journey of healing around the Kohoku area!